The Senegalese photographer, Boubacar Touré Mandemory, famous for his photographs of the daily life of all the cities of Senegal and especially for the village of Ndingler was honored by the association of the Pan-African press. The 2020 award of the association was awarded to him for his series “Ndingler Colours and Faces”, in reference to the land dispute between the billionaire Babacar Ngom, director of the agro-food company Sedima, and the inhabitants of Ndingler, in the department of Mbour. The winner apparently did not expect such a distinction because, he thought, and out of humility, his work had not been so successful.
The Pan-African press association Mokanda has awarded the photographer Boubacar Touré Mandémory the 2020 award for the series “Faces and colors of Ndingler”, dedicated to the land conflict between the village Ndingler and the Senegalese agro-food company named Sedima. Indeed, throughout this land dispute over 300 hectares, the photographer, born in Dakar in 1956, showed great professionalism. The photographer, who emerged in the 1980s, visited Ndingler many times, first to give Senegalais more information about the nebula, and then after the restoration of the land to the villagers of Ndingler, he came back to expose the crops from that land. The Pan-African press association therefore wanted to highlight this remarkable work, coupled with its singular objectivity, by honouring those who consider themselves “photodidact”.
This distinction is therefore well deserved because for several years, Boubacar Touré has been exploring, in a style of which he has only the secret, cultural, ethical and social subjects in relation to the evolution of the current world. “I am moved and surprised because I did not participate in any competition, so getting an award for this work is a great satisfaction. A satisfaction for having fulfilled my duty of witness. I did so with the understanding that this was my modest contribution to fighting an injustice. It remains understood that when I treated Ndingler, I saw all the lands of Senegal that had suffered this plague.” said the activist photographer when the news was announced.
The Pan-African press association Mokanda was founded in 2018. It was at the Paris Book Fair. The name of the association, “Mokanda”, means in Lingala letter, paper, skin or parchment, that is, writing and its medium.Its initiators started from the observation that France distributed every year more than 2,000 literary prizes to French-speaking authors. So they also wanted to honour the African people who are full of talents in the field of literature and the arts.